LiquidPlanner, Box Partner for Online Project Collaboration

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-06-22 Print this article Print

Enterprise teams now can manage projects, workflows and time tracking in LiquidPlanner while at the same time using Box's content management functionality.

Box has added yet another new enterprise collaboration tool option for its users.

The Los Altos, Calif.-based cloud storage and Web tools provider already offers connections to, NetSuite and Google Docs. The latest one, as of June 20, is LiquidPlanner, a cloud app that enables teams to share information and collaborate by attaching Box documents directly into their projects.

Enterprise teams now can manage projects, workflows and time tracking in LiquidPlanner while at the same time using Box's content management functionality.

For the first time, LiquidPlanner users also deploying Box can put to work such advanced document management features as desktop syncing, document versioning, user permissions, and access control for their project collateral.

LiquidPlanner's workspace is like a Facebook page for a project. Users gather comments on specific items or on your plan and attach each discussion to the specific task--just like a personal Facebook news page.

Each item in the plan is like its own wiki page, because everyone on the team can update it. Time tracking and email notifications go with it side-by-side, so scheduling and collaboration are always linked.

The 3.5 release features an improved user interface, which makes it easier to reprioritize projects and tasks within projects. For example, when projects are reprioritized, timesheet schedules for individual participants are automatically updated.

LiquidPlanner, which has five years in the marketplace, also has something it calls "probabilistic scheduling," which means planning can be administered with a certain amount of confidence--or uncertainty--about whether deadlines can be met.

Integration with Box is available immediately to existing LiquidPlanner customers at no additional charge.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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